Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 19, 2013

Elkhart native among six soldiers killed in Afghan crash

Goshen News

---- — ELKHART — The mother of a northern Indiana soldier says he was one of six U.S. service members killed after a helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan,

Debbie Bussard Passerallo of Elkhart said that her son. 30-year-old U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Lee Williams, was on a Black Hawk transport helicopter with five other soldiers at the time of the crash Tuesday according to published reports. All six soldiers died in the crash.

Two U.S. defense officials speaking on condition of anonymity have told The Associated Press one person on board the Black Hawk UH-60 was injured and survived.

A statement issued by the NATO international military coalition said the crash was under investigation and that there was no insurgent activity in the area at the time of the crash.

According to Williams’ Facebook page, he was a fan of Michigan Wolverines football and often posted inspirational messages on the social media site.

On Dec. 6 he posted “Most situations in life boil down to three simples choices, Give up, Give in, or Give it all you got........But keep this in mind every accomplishment every achieved began with the decision to try.”

Funeral services for Williams are pending.